Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wednesday, Easter Wk II: "whoever does not believe has already been condemned"

the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil.
-- Jn 3:16-21

All practices of magic or sorcery, by which one attempts to tame occult powers, so as to place them at one's service and have a supernatural power over others - even if this were for the sake of restoring their health - are gravely contrary to the virtue of religion. These practices are even more to be condemned when accompanied by the intention of harming someone, or when they have recourse to the intervention of demons. Wearing charms is also reprehensible. Spiritism often implies divination or magical practices; the Church for her part warns the faithful against it. Recourse to so-called traditional cures does not justify either the invocation of evil powers or the exploitation of another's credulity.
-- CCC 2117

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